Baltasar Barreira

Baltasar Barreira

Baltasar Barreira (Balthasar) (born at Lisbon, 1531; died 1612) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Africa.

Missions

He was in Angola, for 13 years, founding a school in Luanda in 1587 [ [http://www.diafrica.org/kenny/ccta/CCTA2.htm Joseph Kenny OP: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN TROPICAL AFRICA, Chapter 2 ] ] . Later in life he went to West Africa, reaching the Cape Verde Islands in 1604 [ [http://www.heuijerjans.net/CapeVerde/CaboHist_JesuitDocuments.html Heuijerjans.net ] ] . He then travelled to Bissau the next year, and Sierra Leone [Elizabeth Allo Isichei, "A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present" (1995), p. 58.] ; he visited Benin in 1607 [Joseph J. Williams,, "Voodoos and Obeahs" pp. 35-6.] , Cacheu in 1608 [George E. Brooks, "Eurafricans in Western Africa" (2003), p. 73.] .

Works

His literary works consist chiefly of "Relations" written to the supervisors of the Society of Jesus. He is an eyewitness for matters of religion and slavery.

Accounts of the conversion of pagan tribes and the baptisms of native kings as well as treatises on the manners and customs of the people are the principal subjects of his writings. He recounted in detail the victory of the Portuguese, led by Paulo Dias de Novais, in a battle of 1583.

Reference

*Sommervogel, "Bibl. de la c. de J.", I, 918.

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